Moving Gracefully: A Guide to Relocating Yourself and Your Family

Why did I write a book on moving? Since graduating college, I’ve made 11 interstate moves and 5 local ones. I’ve lived in apartments, houses, and a condo. I’ve lived in Southern California (twice), Chicago (twice), Baltimore (my home town), Rochester NY, Atlanta (twice), St. Louis, and Nashville. I’ve moved by myself, with my husband, and at times also with children and a rabbit. Many of these were corporate moves, but some we did on our own. I’ve also helped family members move a number of times, helping to determine what should go and what should not.

Years ago, I found myself answering questions from family and friends, and I saved these lengthy responses on my computer, so I wouldn’t have to recreate them if I was asked the same question again. After awhile, I realized that it would be most helpful if I pulled together all the advice and information about moving, and made it into a book, so I could just hand it to those I knew who were moving and asking for advice. Then it would all be there, and I wouldn’t have to worry about having left something out. More and more things seemed critical to include, and now they’re all in Moving Gracefully; A Guide To Moving Yourself and Your Family.

I was happy that I could draw on my experiences as a flight attendant, hockey Mom, pre-school teacher, administrator of a non-profit medical organization, a variety of leadership volunteer positions, and extensive travel, which have all contributed to an understanding of the needs of families as they travel uncharted territory.

My great wish is that this book will take the mystery out of moving, help you to make smart decisions as you move through the process, enable you to experience the move as an adventure, guide your family to adjust happily to their new surroundings, and get the most out of living in a new area. As with making new friends and living life in general, your attitude will make all the difference! Enjoy your explorations.

What Brings You Joy?

Have you ever noticed how people’s faces light up and they become more animated when they talk about things they’re really enthusiastic about?

This new book is a collection of over 350 responses to the simple question “What brings you joy?” which Carol Miller Fradkin posed to people ages 6-97, with a wide variety of backgrounds, occupations, and challenges, who live in more than 30 U.S. states and five other countries.

Their joys are fascinating and sure to remind you and your loved ones of joyful times in your own lives, and you’ll be surprised at how just recalling those experiences will lift your spirits and inspire you to experience more joy in your own life and even to bring pleasure into the lives of others.

About Carol

Carol Miller Fradkin grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned her BS at the University of Maryland. Carol has lived in Atlanta (twice), Baltimore (twice), southern California (twice), Chicago (3 times), Nashville TN, Rochester NY, and St. Louis. She’s held a variety of positions, including multiple volunteer leadership roles in non-profit organizations, but her longest career positions were as a flight attendant and the administrator of the non-profit BMT InfoNet (Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network). These may seem like very diverse positions, but her passion for helping people, and especially helping people feel comfortable in unfamiliar situations, is a dominant theme. Carol and her husband Gary currently split their time between Nashville and Atlanta, and are extremely grateful for the experiences and relationships with which they’ve been blessed, due to moving and travel.

Carol has published two books. Her first is Moving Gracefully: A Guide to Relocating Yourself & Your Family; her second is What Brings You JOY?


Carol Fradkin is available to meet with groups to discuss various aspects of relocation, in order to help them make smart decisions as they move through the process and encourage them to experience the move as an adventure. You’ll find her enthusiasm for moving is contagious! Please contact us if you are interested in this service.